New Ridgid Cordless Drill & Impact Driver Dial up the Power

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Ridgid 18V Brushless Drill and Impact Driver New at Home Depot 2022

Ridgid has announced two new 18V cordless power tools this week, a brushless hammer drill (R861152B), and a brushless 1/4″ hex impact driver (R862312K).

There’s no question about it, torque is the name of the game here. The surprising part, in my opinion, is that it looks like Ridgid managed to dial up the power while being able to keep the tools compact.

Both of the new tools should be available shortly – they’re due to launch in October 2022, exclusively at Home Depot.

New Ridgid 18V Hammer Drill – R861152B

Ridgid 18V Brushless Hammer Drill R861152B

The new Ridgid 18V cordless hammer drill delivers up to 1,250 in-lbs of max torque, and is said to deliver up to 25% faster drilling compared to the brand’s R860012 hammer drill/driver.

Ridgid 18V Brushless Hammer Drill R861152B Drilling into Wood Board

The new drill features anti-kickback technology, which prevents over-rotation in bind-up situations.

Key Features & Specs

  • 1/2″ all-metal ratcheting chuck
  • Brushless motor
  • 1,250 in-lbs max torque
  • 2000 RPM max
  • 2-speed gearbox
  • Weighs 3.4 lbs
  • Anti-kickback sensor
  • 24-position adjustable torque clutch
  • 0-32,000 BPM in hammer mode
  • LED light

The hammer drill comes with a removable belt clip and auxiliary handle.

Price: $149 (tool-only)

New Ridgid 18V Impact Driver – R862312K

Ridgid 18V Brushless Impact Driver R862312K

The new Ridgid 18V cordless impact driver delivers up to 2400 in-lbs of max torque, and is said to deliver up to 40% faster driving compared to the brand’s R86002 impact driver.

Ridgid 18V Brushless Impact Driver R862312K Fastening Deck Screws

It features a 4-mode function, with 3 speed settings and a self-tapping mode that helps to prevent overdriving, breaking, or stripping of smaller screws.

Ridgid 18V Brushless Impact Driver R862312K Torque and Speed Settings

Interestingly, the button for setting speed and torque mode is at the rear of the tool, just above the battery. But, this seems to allow plenty of room at the front of the handle base to house a large upwards-aimed LED worklight.

Key Features & Specs

  • 1/4″ hex chuck
  • Brushless motor
  • 2400 in-lbs max torque
  • 3400 RPM max
  • 4300 IPM max
  • 4 speed and torque settings
  • LED light
  • Weighs 2.26 lbs

The impact comes with a removable belt clip.

Price: $199 for the kit

The kit will ship with a 2Ah Max Output battery and charger.

As per the image at the top of the page, it looks like there will also be a combo kit that includes both the hammer drill and impact driver. Ridgid has not yet provided details or SKUs aside from what is discussed above.

Discussion

Ridgid’s PR materials lead off with the introduction of these tools as “all new brushless solutions.”

While the new offerings are indeed all-new, Ridgid has offered similarly high-performing tools before, with their former 18V Octane cordless power tools.

Ridgid R86039B 18V 6-Mode Octane 18V Cordless Impact Driver
Ridgid 18V Octane Impact Driver

The older Ridgid Octane impact driver, which launched in 2019, delivered 2400 in-lbs of max torque. Ridgid’s older Octane hammer drill delivered 1300 in-lbs of max torque.

Ridgid announced all-new 18V cordless power tools earlier this year, and they have not steam-rolled over their existing products as they have done in the past.

Do you remember Gen5X? Octane? Hyper-Li batteries?

They now offer SubCompact brushless power tools, lower priced and more value-focused core tools, and now we have these new high-performance tools with modern aesthetics.

The new hammer drill and impact driver don’t have all of the same features of their Octane predecessors, but I wouldn’t say they are lacking. And, they gained some new features, most notably the hammer drill’s anti-kickback tech.

In my opinion, Ridgid has a very cohesive 18V lineup for the first time in several years.

Kobalt, one of Ridgid’s fiercest competitors, recently announced a brand-new generation of 24V Max cordless power tools. It will be interesting to see how the two brands’ offerings, exclusive to Lowe’s and Home Depot respectively, compare.

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